Kiriwehera Temple Chief Incumbent Venerable Kobawaka Damminda Thera and another monk were injured when they were shot by unidentified gunmen this evening, police said.
They said the shooting incident occurred at 11.00 p.m at the temple.
The monks were admitted to the Kataragama District Hospital but were later transferred to the Hambantota Base Hospital, police said.
The motive behind the shooting was unknown. The Kataragama police are conducting investigations.
Venerable Dhamminda Thera was appointed the Chief Incumbent of the Kirivehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Kataragama on December 19, 2013, by the Sangha Sabha led by the Malwatte Mahanayaka.
He was a student of Ven. Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Nayaka Thera, the former chief incumbent of the Kataragama Kirivehera Temple and Chancellor of the Uva Wellassa University passed away at the age of 70 on September 27, 2013, and took over the post after his demise. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and M.K. Nandasena)
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Ram Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:20
Everything is gone out of control. Is the government in slumber? Crime all over and now the religious dignitaries are targeted, strike all over. Appoint SF as Law
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MORRIS Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:16
THE REASON COULD BE THAT HE WAS CRITICAL OF A MANSION BUILT ON THE RESERVATION OF MENIK GANGA.
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Jesus Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:30
This is what there so called peace loving way of life Buddhist teachings
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sam Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:04
What about Jerusalem mate? Don't insult religions for ignorance of narrow minded people including you.
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LKCricket Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:12
I d not hate any religion apart from one religion, But what do you feel crucifying Jesus? Was he crucified achieve peace?
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Wise Donkey Wednesday, 13 June 2018 03:31
What more you expect in this paradise Island?
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Jaliya Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:29
It has gone from stealing from the donation box to murder within the boundaries of a religious property. Why can't the POLICE round up these parasites and exterminate them all ? Who is in-charge of the police force ? ... the pink-panther ?
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Lankapuyha Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:55
Shame shame shame, What else next This is a big wake up call for the Government to bring the law and order.
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Sonali Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:30
Get rid of the Don's who are the guardians of the underworld from the Diyawanna and this country will be a paradise.
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Rajida Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:23
Money issues kind of mafia it happens around Katharagama Dewale, Kapu Mahathiyas Nilames
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